The Sustainable Management of UK Marine Resources call for applications to the fund was launched during a digital conference on 31 March. Attended by over 150 participants from across the UK, the event highlighted the aims and ethos of the programme ahead of the call for proposals. It also opened wide discussion around the needs of policy makers and, particularly, how new research could support sustainable marine management in the UK.


The conference opened with presentations on the overall aims and scope of the fund. Catch up using the recordings below.

Background to the call

Ian Boyd

Overview from SMMR Champions 1

David Paterson

Overview from SMMR Champions 2

Mark James

Insight into SMMR from Defra

Gideon Henderson

Insight into SMMR from Marine Scotland

Colin Moffat

MCCIP: An evolving model for the science-policy interface

Matt Frost

Marine social science research and practice in the UK

Emma McKinley

Finding marine environmental data for social scientists

Clare Postlethwaite

Meet the Marine Management Organisation

Aisling Lannin


The latter half of the conference comprised an afternoon of facilitated discussions, each exploring the programme’s core themes.

A summary of the discussions held over the course of the workshop and a list of contacts is available here, and you may also find it useful to look at the FAQs that resulted from this workshop. If you wish to connect with others, this document, which outlines the aims and needs of those who attended the workshop, may also be of use.


Eight policy stakeholders representing Defra, Marine Scotland, Welsh Government and the Northern Ireland Executive have given general feedback on Notifications of Intent to Submit. Their feedback, and the general subject breakdowns of the NoIs received, are available here.


A review led by Defra and UKRI has highlighted the significant role of exposure to coastal environments in boosting human health and well-being. Access the report here.